A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AleA Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 50% wheat malt and all the "C" hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2009

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

With a name like that how could I resist? It was pretty good. Crisp and refreshing as a wheat beer should be. Poured a pale golden with a nice white head. Floral hops in the nose with a touch of citrus zest. Similar qualities in the taste: floral, citrus, a touch of spice, and sweet malts in the background. Light-medium body, crisp and drinkable.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brass colored pour with a slight head that leaves little to no lace. The brassy hued brew is only mildly carbonated. Great hopa nd malt balance. Really nice hop finish behind a sweet malt overtone. The piney hops don't overpower the malt sweetness but rather compliment the malt profiles. Very tastey and drinkable beer.

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Photo of habanosdarklord
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color. Smells great, you get a nice peach aroma that goes along with pine. Some sugar in the aroma as well, and it has some malt. The taste starts off with that pine/citrus. It finishes with a chalk like texture, just slightly. Overall, I heard good things about this beer, but it just didn't do it for me. I thought the aroma was the best part of this beer. I wouldn't turn one down, it has it's good qualities, but I wouldn't buy anymore anytime soon.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a delcious looking strong straw golden color. There is some slight haze and there is a nice 0.5 inch dense white head that is quite strong and recedes at a medium pace.

S - Wow. Aroma starts off with some slight grassy and dank hop character. Very impressive notes. More like a lighter IPA aroma. There is some slight grainy and bready wheat notes in the nose but its mostly nice and hoppy. Very Cali like.

T & M - Taste starts off with some nice dank and citrusy hop character with some nice dank pine notes ass well. The hops are grassy and fresh with a nice spice to them. This is balanced by some nice slight wheat sweetness that is quite refreshing and makes the beer more drinkable. I'm still surprised this is not a light IPA. It is pretty delicious and refreshing with a great hop character that supplements and plays along perfectly with a refreshing and crisp wheat backbone.

O - Pretty delicious brew with a great hop bite. Smooth and refreshing brew.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up last week and wondered how much wheat was in this. This poured golden and was perfectly clear but this reminded me of the Southern Tier Hop Sun in its taste and mouthfeel. Since that is one of my favorite go-to beers when the weather warms up, I also "warmed up" to this pretty quickly.

Nice head and aroma to this and lots of hops could be smelled as soon as I opened the bottle up. Nothing heavy for the senses as there was lots of pine and lemon to go with the up-front sweetness. Only the pine lingered in the aftertaste which was long-lasting but never too strong. This had a nice, crisp mouthfeel to it and the carbonation enhanced the flavors without being too up-front.

I couldn't taste any alcohol to this beer even though it certainly is there. That's the strength of this brew, without a doubt. It went down so easily but never did it feel weak or watered down. I'm not sure how it was pulled off but this is a warm-weather beer that doesn't have the weakness that the "lawnmower beers" have and everyone should get a little something every now and then - even if it comes from a bottle such as this!

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, sunny color, slightly hazy, with a big fluffy white two finger head. Lacing is plentiful and foamy.

Nice pleasant floral hop aroma, and little bit of bready malts.

Taste had a nice little hop bit, slightly piny, but some citrus. Nice sweet bready malt character.

The feel was nice and crisp, light in body, but a bit creamy and slick. Carbonation was good.

Overall, one of the better examples of the style. Reminds me slightly of Gumballhead, but not quite as tasty.

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Photo of Seeker41184
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 2/7/11

12oz into pint glass

A floral-hopped wheat beer. Very drinkable, but I have some issues, if you are a light weight, you can only have like 2 since these are over 7%. The flavor is very delicious, and the lightness of the wheat is amazing.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's about time I get around to reviewing this tasty beer. Pours a light amber color with just a hint of cloudiness and a moderately sized white head that leaves a sticky web of lace behind.

Aroma is big on the hops up front with lots of citrus fruit with some floralness thrown in there too. Little room is left for some bready malt aromas in the background.

Hoppy with out being too bitter on the palate. Some herbal and floral character form the hops mixed in with the citrus flavors. Malt flavors provide a strong backbone with some bread-like and slightly sweet qualities to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but comes across with a crisp and slightly dry refreshing quality to it. Overall, A Little Sumpin Sumpin is not just a funny name designed to sell beer, it has the flavor to back it up. Hoppy wheats are a great treat.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a pale straw yellow with some glimpses of bronze at it's edges and supports 3 full fingers of stiff,creamy cloud-like head that died slowly leaving nice,clumpy ribbons of lace.

S-Very nice.Soft,fresh nectarine and clementine,sweet cereal malts,fresh grass,biscuits and Summer flowers.

T-Big,juicy orange and peach flavors with an earthy note of toasted wheat,wet hops and light caramel.Nice grapefruit-bitter but perfumey finish.

M-Medium bodied and refreshing.Closest thing to a hybrid Wheat/IPA I've seen.Bright,bitter,smooth and crisp.

O-Great summer beer.Can't wait to crack one of these when the temperature rises.

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Photo of Greencoat
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber color with a quickly dissipating white head. Brilliantly clear.

S: Citrus and piney hops, sweet malt backbone, and a bit of hot alcohol.

T: Deamn. Bouquet of hop flavors from grass to grapefruit. Crisp malt backbone with the slightest lingering sweetness.

M: Medium bodied and nice scrubbing hop finish.

O: Fantastic beer. Just get some.

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Photo of brian44556
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's Pint Glass. No date on the bottle.

Burnt straw color that forms a decent white head that disintegrates rather quickly. Nice lacing around the sides of the glass. Smells of earthy hops, wheat, and grass. Very refreshing taste. A little bitter upfront, but that is balanced out with a nice refreshing wheat finish. Good carbonation. Overall a great beer. I would consider this Gumballheads twin brother, not identical twin, but pretty close. Has all of the characteristics to make this a top tier beer, and putting this in the same class as Gumballhead is an outstanding compliment. Well done Lagunitas!

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Photo of mavbrew
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Catching up on some reviews from notes, tasted 4/9/11.

A: The color is a golden orange/amber with a finger thick white head that slowly dissipates and leaves some lacing.

S: A nice citrus scent is the majority with some piney hops and a bit of maltiness coming through as well. Kind of smells like an IPA.

T: Hints of citrus to begin but the upfront taste is mostly hops, this is followed by a lot of malts. The finish is malty and well balanced.

M: Light to medium bodied with tingly carbonation. The feel is malty.

D: This beer is crisp and smooth, it drinks more like a session but also some some bite to it. A solid beer to have on a nice warm day.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-clear light honey orange color with a small 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Decent rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of sweet grains, honey, and citrus zest hops. Taste is of sweet honey, grapefruit juice, biscuit, and citrus zest. The honey flavor is really noticeable to me and it's very delicious. Very, very mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is good with a nice level of carbonation that makes form a crisp and clean feel. Overall, this is a good beer with a surprising honey taste. I am surprised to see that it is a wheat ale. I am not too sure if this one is past it's prime (I have been sitting on it for months) because the hops aren't too overwhelming but this is good either way.

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Photo of zrab11
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a beautiful golden orange color with a 1 finger head.

S-Has the smell of orange citrus and also some grain and hops

T- Has a nice yeasty ipa taste. Very crisp tasting with some nice citrus and hop flavors coming though

M-Medium body with nice carbonation. Really crisp and refreshing

D-OVerall this was a really nice beer. Almost tasted like an IPA but the wheaty grainess made you remember it was a wheat beer. Id love to have this again. Nice beer

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Photo of gc4hokies
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a tinge of copper. Thick white head. Aroma of the hops is pronounced. Definitely dry-hopped with a large quantity.

Mouthfeel is best described as good body with plentiful carbonation.

Taste is unique. The wheat flavor is pronounced along with hop bitterness. Dry finish.

This beer is really a category straddler. You definitely know the wheat is there, but this is closer to a good IPA that to some of the other wheat pale ales in this category.

Overall, I love it. Another terrific beer from Lagunitas!

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Photo of jessycho
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - I'd be hard pressed to pick a more beautiful beer between the Little Sumpin' and Kasteel's Triple. Absolutely stunning golden color with a light pale head and some nice notes of carbonation. Maybe it's just this one occasion, but the way the light is hitting it is incredible.

S - Very standard American Pale Wheat aromas. Wheat with light citrus hops, mostly orange.

T - Very crisp wheat flavor with good malt and a subtle orange citrus zest. I'm sure you could squeeze a bit of orange into this one, but really don't need to.

M - Despite it's beautiful appearance, not a whole lot of action going on in the mouth. I like a lot of carbonation, but this one is definitely keeper nonetheless.

O - All in all, incredible beer. Great beer to default to on a regular basis.

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Photo of mellostello
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer!

Drank from a growler poured off the tap.

L: Gold-Orange; White head

A: Pine and Citrus aroma

T: Smooth with slight-bitter pine taste. Very drinkable. Before I know it my glass is empty.

M: Creamy and carbonated at the same time

Loved it and look forward to another growler

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber color from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Small amount of white head with mild retention of the lacing. Aroma is of flowers, hops, and citrus. The aroma carries over into the taste. Mild mouthfeel. This is a super tasty, refreshing brew. Love it.

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Photo of Brunite
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A golden/orange color with a nice white head. The head eventually fades but leaves amazing lace behind.

S: Smells like an IPA. Citric hops. Slight graininess.

T: Tastes like an IPA. Gumballhead comes to mind. Crisp...refreshing....a dry grainy, husky finish. Bitterness lingers.

M: Medium body. Dry bitter finish.

O: A decent beer here. The alcohol on this is well hid. It is a nice change from a hefe or IPA if you are looking for one.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

Pale golden-orange color with a very slight haze to it. White head and lots of beautiful bubbles lurking below the surface from the carbonation.

Smell is of floral hops with some tropical fruit aromas. A bit of an underlying sweetness.

Hard to believe this is a wheat beer - starts out with very straightforward grainy, dry malt; quickly followed by the hops that begin piney and floral, but quickly turn into a biting rindy bitterness that lingers for some time. In fact, this aftertaste is, to me, the most noteworthy characteristic of this brew - the resonant bitterness that fades slowly away.

Mouthfeel is a great balance of crisp carbonation and smooth, medium body. Pleasant and drinkable.

A nice offering, although, if inspired by Three Floyds' Gumballhead, it really doesn't match up. Gumballhead is so much more balanced and nuanced. This is bold and for the most part, well done, but appears hamhanded next to a brew like Gumballhead. But that's just my opinion.

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Photo of Pecafaced
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- A nice golden yellow/orange color which produced a great 2 finger width white head. The beer is very clear and the carbonation bubbles are very active.

S- Hops! I thought this was a wheat pale ale...is this a India Wheat Ale? Not complaining...the smell is awesome! Very prominent citrus aroma like grapefruit and oranges all rolled into one. There is some sweetness from the wheat used.

T- The first thing that hits is the sweet flavor so the wheat does present itself. Then the citrus flavor kicks in which compliments the malt perfectly. The finish is dry making you want to take another sip immediately.

M- Nice sized body of a beer. Very smooth on the palate and a good amount of carbonation in the bottle.

Once again Lagunitas leaves me impressed. I haven't had a ton of their beers, but every one that I have had has been stellar!!

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Photo of DearthVader
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank God this beer is year round! I can't believe it took me so long to actually try it. Instantly a staple in my fridge.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Stone IPA glass.

Golden orange that is slightly see through. Fluffy 2 finger head with incredible retention. Kept a half finger fluff throughout the beer. Leaves extremely thick lacing. You can see carbonation racing to the top.

Smells of sweet wheat soaked in grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, slight peach, and sprinkled with pine needles. So damn good!

Taste follows the smell. Starts off with a sweet citrus hop that rolls into the grapefruit and it finishes with a dry wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth as silk. Great carbonation that really makes this beer dangerously drinkable at its 7.5% ABV.

Obviously I loved this beer. I'm really starting to become a believer in Lagunitas. Time after time, they impress the hell out of me. Will revisit this beer in about.... right now. Cheers!

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish gold with a good amount of white frothy head. Smells really wonderful. Light hops over sweet wheat. A nice light fruitiness on the nose. Tastes as OT s,ells. Sweet and hoppy. Especially for a pale wheat. Lots of great lighter fruit on he tongue with pine and grape fruit coming through on the hops. Very solid brew overall, definitely wish I had access to this

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Photo of PGHeppJr
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes 02JUN2010

On draft at Kickback's GastroPub, poured into a .3L weizen glass.

This is a wheat beer? Could have fooled me. Would've never guessed, outside its light and slightly cloudy color this wasn't an American Pale Ale. Grapefruit all over the place, eeeasy drinker, surprising for weighing in at the 7.5% ABV. My only wish is that the balance leaned more towards wheat than the pale ale side.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-04-24 in Columbia, PA and again on 2017-04-20 in Warrenville,IL on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings. Liked it much better than in 2011. Ratings reflect 2017.

2017 Notes

Light dank, pineapple, citrus aroma. Moderately hop forward taste that echoes the aroma, plus some biscuit, pepper and earthy spice. Reasonable bitterness in the finish. Nice balance.

Original 2011 Review

A - Mildly hazzy golden amber with a big, 2-finger head and good lacing.

S - Mild grain, apple and hop floral. Not very aromatic.

T - Quite different. At first, you might think you are having a wheat beer with the doughy malt flavor and lemon citrus but then the big, bad hop bitterness kicks in with some earthy spice, grass and mild sourness. It's a hodge-podge of flavors that comes across fairly well.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Creamy, bubbly and mildly syrupy.

O - Not as refreshing as a straight IPA, but a nice change of pace.

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